Information updated Oct. 19, 2021

We are committed to your safety and are actively evaluating developments concerning COVID-19 and variants. With careful planning and continuously evolving on-site protocols, we are assured we can hold a safe, in person meeting in San Diego.

With the approval of the DDW Council, we will implement and enforce the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccination will be required of all attendees, presenters, industry supporters and staff on-site at the San Diego Convention Center. We will ask that you confirm you are fully vaccinated with appropriate documentation prior to arriving in San Diego. If you are not vaccinated or if you prefer not to travel, a virtual platform will be available to participate in DDW 2022.
  • Masks indoors: we will follow California health guidelines that are in place in May 2022.

The San Diego Convention Center has implemented industry-leading approaches to cleaning, disinfection, ventilation and employee training.

We will monitor the situation and make any necessary on-site adjustments. Please visit this page for the most up-to-date information. We look forward to welcoming you back to San Diego from May 21–24, 2022.

Our FAQs will be updated as planning progresses. If there is something not answered, please submit a ticket to our help desk. This will help direct your question to the appropriate person and expedite a response.

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How DDW is Preparing

While the CDC notes that immediate risk from COVID-19 is low, DDW is prepared to respond rapidly to any issues that arise during the meeting and provide assistance to all attendees.

We are taking the following actions to prepare:

  • Enhancing communications including alerts on the DDW website (, email notifications and social media posts.
  • Ensuring that medical care is readily available to address immediate health care concerns of attendees. In addition to first aid stations regularly available during the meeting, a nursing station will be specifically designated for anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms. This station will triage care to local health care facilities as needed.
  • Adhering to guidance and recommended safety measures issued by the WHO, CDC, and local health organizations.
  • Actively encouraging everyone to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Following CDC recommendations and protocols for heightened cleanliness at event facilities.
  • Increasing your access to hand-sanitizer throughout the convention center.

Contact DDW if you have questions about your registration or presentations.

How McCormick Place is Preparing

McCormick Place adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the Coronavirus COVID-19.

All McCormick Place Security, Fire Safety, EMT and Paramedic personnel have guidelines from its medical advisor on how to recognize possible symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19. In addition, McCormick Place First Aid staff have received precautionary training in the event a guest comes to their attention with Coronavirus-like symptoms.

McCormick Place will remain in contact with its medical advisor and monitor local, state and federal health agencies for updates as information becomes available.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest hand washing often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. McCormick Place has positioned hand sanitizer stations in key high-traffic areas throughout the facility.

Additional information on travel, prevention and situational updates is available on the CDC website and the WHO website. All attendees are encouraged to check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices prior to departure.

Additional Resources

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International Attendees

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San Diego Convention Center Reopening

See what Visit San Diego is working on for reopening anf safe meetings.


CDC Guidance for COVID-19

The CDC provides guidance on a variety of topics to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.